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Ticked off, but hopefully it was just an anomaly

As a result of my chosen occupation, l tend to spend a fair share of time outside — hiking, paddling, fishing or simply enjoying the outdoors. Despite the many natural and man-made threats that outdoor travels may present — everything from foul weather, foul mouths and unruly kids to ...

Of lugs and laughs

“I’m returning the rental car now,” my brother said. “So I need you to bring me back.” “OK,” I said, trying to sound neutral. This conversation took place last week in Vienna – Virginia, not Austria. My extended family was there for my great-niece’s Bas Mitzvah, ...

Still no decision on LP sign code?

The Lake Placid Business Association is happy to see that the village board has taken some steps to move our proposed sign ordinance forward. We are, however, profoundly disappointed in their position that changes may not be made prior to the critical summer season. As you know, small ...

The Stevenson Society, part 1

As the years passed, the fame of their former tenant grew and the ever-hospitable Bakers found themselves routinely satisfying the curiosity of the author’s fans. In August 1914, Stephen Chalmers, a Scottish born writer, and his friend Robert Davis, a columnist for the New York Sun, rang ...

Does more debt lead to fewer babies?

Romper, a website for young mothers, asks a good question. Is crushing student debt a big factor in millennials’ not having children? Its answer is yes. Members of the class of 2016 left school owing an average of $37,173 in student loans. And that “doesn’t calculate the average amount ...

Memorial Day — it’s all in the name

I know in our household most of the conversations surrounding Memorial Day weekend usually center around a summer kickoff and unused “snow days.” It rarely focuses on the actual reason for the holiday. It becomes about barbecues, parades, and other celebratory activities. Sometimes we need ...

Foraging for wild food and medicinal plants

If you go... --- What: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County’s Wild Edibles and Medicinal History Workshop When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 26 Where: 4H Camp Overlook; Beach Road, Mountain View. How much: $85 includes all materials and lunch - Reduced ...

Prayers of a gun owner

Santa Fe, Parkland, the deaths roll on. We must do something, and now. Before the NRA attacks me, I am a gun owner. I have hunted animals for food, was on my high-school rifle team and once broke 99 straight skeet birds with a 20-guage field gun unsuited for that purpose. I am a former NRA ...

Campus oppression of expression

WASHINGTON — On election night 2016, Mark Schlissel, the University of Michigan’s president, addressed more than 1,000 students, declaring that the 90 percent of them who had favored the losing candidate had rejected “hate.” He thereby effectively made those who disagreed with him and ...

Sharing the road with cyclists — things you should know

With spring, bike riding time is here (actually thousands ride year-round in bigger cities like Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto), but far too many bike riders are not obeying the laws designed to make riding safer and far too many drivers don’t know applicable traffic laws that apply to them ...

Lynn Malerba: Leader, guide, athlete and a dear friend

As much as anyone l know, my friend Lynn Malerba loved the woods. She grew up in an outdoor family of guides, hunters and anglers. It was a natural fit that she would eventually continue to carry on the family tradition. After retiring from her career as a physical educator, she took on a ...

Saranac Lake celebrates Memorial Day, 1944

World War II was raging and patriotism was flooding the hearts and heads of Saranac Lake citizens. The Enterprise carried mostly war stories on page one and the other stories were national or international; I never remember a local story on page of the Enterprise all through World War II; ...

When two rites make a wrong

Last week I wrote about the Teen Canteen and claimed my Canteen “career” was unique. I still think that’s true, and until someone refutes it, I’ll stick by my guns. The Canteen was essentially our youth center from the ’40s to the late ’60s. It was held in the town hall ...

Many share Alzheimer’s experience

A large, quiet circle of Alzheimer’s caregivers exists probably in every community in this country. After the first column I wrote about my wife’s diagnosis, a woman stopped by the office to hand me a book considered the bible for Alzheimer’s caregivers, “The 36-Hour Day.” A ...

Velvet Coat

“Behind glass in the Stevenson museum at Saranac Lake, New York, is preserved a black velveteen jacket, the sprig of heather in its upper pocket annually renewed by admirers of its long dead owner.” — “Voyage to Windward: The Life of Robert Louis Stevenson,” J.C. ...

Matches

I was probably about 6-and-a-half years of age when I discovered stove matches and what they could do. With a few of them in my pocket, I wandered down the street to Doug’s house. On lush green grass in the backyard, we performed a series of somersaults. It was great fun until a nearby ...

Paddling through the trees on the Saranac River

One annual activity we always look forward to is a slow and easy paddle along the flooded shores of a creek or river. With all the recent rain and late snowfall, this adventure creates our own Adirondack “Everglades” experience. Though many may choose to paddle to a particular destination ...

Robots building robots

A week or so ago, we ran a story about the number of broadcast customers the company that owns the local cable company has lost over the past year. Charter Communications, which bought Time Warner Cable, changed the name and promptly jacked up its prices, losing 314,000 customers over the ...